Léo Hamelin

// Documentary Filmmaker // 

“Fun and Dying:” What Does it Mean to be Death Positive?
Homeless in New York
U.S.-Mexico Border: Inside a Migrant Rescue Mission
He’s Fighting his Opioid Addiction, With his Sister’s Help
Ketamine for Therapy: Inside a Psychedelic Therapy Session
We Met the Journalists Chasing Violent Crime in Mexico
Making Consent Sexy in Porn
Months After George Floyd, This Biker Had A Cop's Knee on his Neck
Blind Family Hopes to See Again with Help from These Doctors | Short Film Showcase
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Blind Family Hopes to See Again with Help from These Doctors | Short Film Showcase

José Rosas is a Peruvian farmer who stopped working due to increased blindness caused by cataracts. Many members in his family also have vision issues. Together, they traveled to a medical clinic in Tarapoto to visit SEE International’s volunteer ophthalmologists. After evaluating José, his son, daughter, and sister, doctors decided they could operate on everyone except José's son who had a detached retina that was unable to be repaired. Watch the events unfold in this moving piece from Blue Chalk. ➡ Subscribe: ➡ Get More Short Film Showcase: About Short Film Showcase: The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the web and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners. See more from National Geographic's Short Film Showcase at Get More National Geographic: Official Site: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: SEE International: Blue Chalk Media: About National Geographic: National Geographic is the world's premium destination for science, exploration, and adventure. Through their world-class scientists, photographers, journalists, and filmmakers, Nat Geo gets you closer to the stories that matter and past the edge of what's possible. Blind Family Hopes to See Again with Help from These Doctors | Short Film Showcase National Geographic


Eléonore (Léo) Hamelin is a journalist and documentary filmmaker based in New York, currently at Brut. 

She previously worked at  Blue Chalk Media as a Director/Producer. 

She has produced series of online short-documentaries for The New York Times, Bloomberg and freelanced with the BBC, TIME, The Guardian,, AFP, Arte TV.

She recently got awarded a European Journalism Centre grant for Innovation in Development Reporting to report on gender equality in Rwanda, in collaboration with Time, Libération, La Stampa, Marie Claire, El País and more.

As a recipient of the 2018 Adelante Fellowship from the International Women Media Foundation (IWMF) she reported from the US-Mexico border. Her work was published on the BBC and Tampa Bay Times. Her illustrated essay about life at the border was published on BuzzFeed News.

Léo Hamelin is originally French but grew up in Brazil and Thailand, studied in France, Mexico and Hong Kong. She has produced work internationally, including in Central and South America, Central and Western Europe -- and recently traveled throughout the African continent to interview business leaders and Heads of States.

Léo Hamelin also teaches video journalism and multimedia storytelling courses at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, where she got a Master's Degree in 2012 and worked as Digital Media Fellow in 2013.
Prior, she earned a B.A. in Politics '09 and a Master's Degree in Journalism '11 from Sciences-Po Paris.
She's a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective.

She also creates editorial illustration for The Delacorte Review and The Professional Freelancer -- you can find those on her insta Doodle Reporter.


Skills & Expertise

International Work

Léo has traveled to over 30 countries. She grew up in Brazil and Thailand, studied in Mexico and Hong Kong. She is fluent in French, English, Spanish and has basics in three other languages.
She received Hostile Environment Training.

Video Storytelling skills

Léo is proficient in Producing, Filming and Editing -- she's worked as a one-woman-band as well as a Director and/or Producer as part of much bigger teams. She owns her own gear.


Léo has been in a teaching role at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism since 2012. She currently leads her own Video Journalism workshop as part of the School's Adjunct Faculty. She also mentors newsrooms in partnership with the International Center for Journalism (ICFJ).

Print & Doodles

A firm believer that there should be different medium for each story Léo also writes and draws. Her work as a writer has been published in Marie Claire, Le Monde, Libération, El Pais, La Stampa -- in most cases, along with her drawings. She's done a graphic essay about the US-Mexico border for Buzzfeed News. She doodles a lot.
Check her doodle portfolio here.



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